Baby scan, ultrasound or sonogram are different ways of describing the images produced by hospital scanning systems of the developing baby.
I am commissioned to paint pictures of these scans by so it’s probably worth touching on some of the options open to you.
Standard ultrasound scan – This is the traditional ultrasound examination which uses transducer over the abdomen to generate a 2D image of the developing baby. The black and white paintings above are copied from standard ultrasound pictures produced routinely at certain points through a pregnancy. These days I understand that many hospitals will charge a small fee for printing out copies of these scans.
3-D Ultrasound – Uses specially designed probes and software to generate 3-D images of the developing baby.
4-D or Dynamic 3-D Ultrasound – Uses specially designed scanners to look at the face and movements of the baby prior to delivery. The more detailed painting above (bottom right) was created from a 4D scan.
3D printing – A 3D model of the unborn child can be produced but the facilities required for these particular scans are currently not widely available.
A 12 week and 20 weeks ultrasound scan are routinely carried out during pregnancy. By 20 weeks, a lot of detail can be seen. The standard ultrasound scan will show areas within your baby’s body, whereas the 3D and 4D scans will produce more realistic images of the baby’s facial features.